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Month: August 2018

The effects of Sports Massage on DOMS

Studies have shown that there is actually no significant evidence to suggest that massage can help this.  What tends to lead people to believe the effects is people’s perception of recovery.  The table here shows all results and findings; see reference study here https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2953308/table/T5/ In fact, the Gold standard way to minimise the effects of DOMS is through active recovery.

Effects of Sports Massage on building strength and gaining muscle.

Studies taken on hand grip strength have shown that those who received massage immediately following testing made greater strength gains than those with natural recovery see reference study here https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16398602 Another study showed that a group of collegiate athletes improved their vertical jump score with the intervention of massage.  The timing of massage was key to this, set at the perceived time of peak soreness, to help aid recovery speed see reference study here http://people.stfx.ca/smackenz/Courses/HK396/Handouts/Mancinelli%202006%20Massage%20and%20Doms_Paired%20Ttest.pdf

The effects of sports massage on flexibility

Studies have shown massage to have an immediate effect on flexibility, like this one here of an Australian hockey team see reference study here https://www.physicaltherapyinsport.com/article/S1466-853X(05)00062-3/pdf   It has also been shown that sporadic, random massage application can have no significant long term effect on flexibility see reference study here https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15155444 The key message is that with regular massage your flexibility can improve and with it reduce your chances of injury.

Can Sports Massage improve performance? You may be surprised…….

Attached here is an excellent link for outlining various studies on the effect of Sports Massage on performance.  The main take home point here is that intermittent massage will not result in a significant improvement in your overall performance. Below are some of the key statements from the table attached, informing of the relevance of massage; Significant decrease in Cortisol levels for the massage intervention group. The massage treatment prior to Wingate Anaerobic Cycling Test significantly enhanced performance but had …

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Massage and it’s effect on mood and anxiety

Studies have shown that massage lowers anxiety and cortisol levels.  Cortisol has been shown to be the main stress hormone and higher Cortisol levels can lead to an increase risk of injury.  Massage can help to lower the presence of this hormone. see reference here for study https://www.researchgate.net/publication/287864533

Should I get a sports massage before an event?

Deep tissue massage before an event is actually not beneficial.  Light massage has been shown to alleviate stress and reduce blood pressure, whereas deep tissue massage has been shown to increase blood pressure (which would make sense as massage warms the muscles up and the body believes activity will be taking place so the blood pumping round the body will speed up to supply vital Oxygen and nutrients to the working muscles).  The argument here is that an athlete who …

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